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Low sGPA, how to improve my chances of getting into DO?

Out.here.struggling

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Hey!
So my non-science GPA is a 3.74, however my cumulative GPA is a 3.3. I'm sure you can guess from the drop that I'm not doing that well in my science courses. I'm going into my junior year and I'm planning on taking a gap year so I won''t be applying until senior year meaning I still have some time to bring my GPA up. Do you have any suggestions from me? How can I be a stronger applicant if I'm lacking when it comes to my pre-reqs. I know this will make things a lot harder for me to get into med school but it's something I'm very passionate about and am willing to put in the work for in order to improve. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
 
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I don't think your GPA is all that low for DO. Not low enough for an SMP. Since you still have your senior year left to improve, focus on a rising GPA trend and a 505+ on the MCAT. Get a primary care DO LOR, some exposure to the clinic, and this should net you some interviews.

Edit: Realized you are going into your junior year which gives you that much more time to better your GPA
 
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Hey!
So my non-science GPA is a 3.74, however my cumulative GPA is a 3.3. I'm sure you can guess from the drop that I'm not doing that well in my science courses. I'm going into my junior year and I'm planning on taking a gap year so I won''t be applying until senior year meaning I still have some time to bring my GPA up. Do you have any suggestions from me? How can I be a stronger applicant if I'm lacking when it comes to my pre-reqs. I know this will make things a lot harder for me to get into med school but it's something I'm very passionate about and am willing to put in the work for in order to improve. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
Your sGPA is fine for any DO school, including mine.

Just do well in remaining science coursework, and find a DO to shadow, and get LOR from.
 
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Work hard to get it up as high as you can. Remember that schools who get upwards of 10,000 apps will sort then by numbers first, GPA and MCAT scores and then review those apps first. So work to get your numbers so they come out higher in the rubric.
 
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Why don't you post what your sGPA actually is? Just posting your non-science GPA and your cumulative GPA but not the science GPA is only serving to make it harder to actually give you advice on whether it's competitive or not.
 
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